This cake is pretty good, but not gonna lie, the "sprinkles" are almost the best part. Yes you can find plant-based soy-free vegan sprinkles, but my version is faster, cheaper and healthier. Seriously, with unsweetened coconut and nutritious powders like freeze-dried dragonfruit powder and butterfly pea powder, it's super vibrant, easy and fun to make (and eat).
A little goes a long way, so stock up and you'll have sprinkles just ready to be made for all occasions, like a Monday protein snack cake break! I don't even have a recipe: toss a little superfood powder and a little coconut together in a bowl, then sprinkle on your treat. Play around until you get your desired color, or mix it up with two or more! Matcha also makes a good add-in option. Spirulina is a good color, but with regards to complete honesty, it takes a little bit like a pond.
Back to the main part of the recipe though: this protein-packed deliciousness is a great post-workout treat or snack and it's easy to throw together. I love it, my toddlers love it, and it would work well with almost any fresh fruit, so I'm already excited for the next time I make it. Blueberries, Kiwi, Raspberries: the possibility is endless!
Strawberry Protein Cake
Yields 9-18 pieces
1 cup applesauce (unsweetened)
4-1/2 tablespoons almond butter
4 tablespoons pure maple syrup
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
4 vegan eggs or eggs
1/2 cup coconut flour
1/2 cup finely diced fresh strawberries
optional coconut cream or vegan whipping cream alternative for frosting
optional dragonfruit sprinkles*
1. Preheat the oven to 350 F and line an 8" square pan with parchment paper or oil with avocado cooking spray (my go-to and easy and healthiest option). Avocado oil is safe for high-heat cooking, making it a better option than olive and healthier than vegetable oil (which is mostly corn or soy based, aka pretty inflammatory for most of us).
2. Mix all dry ingredients into a bowl. Combine the wet ingredients and add them to the dry. Fold in diced strawberries.
3. Bake 35 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. The baking time may vary based on what vegan protein powder you use.